Friday 20 February 2009 2.17pm
This doesn't seem to be a 'Government' idea, or a question of legislation.
It seems to have been something that originated with the Metropolitan Police and has been adopted by a number of boroughs as part of their licensing policies, including Lambeth and Southwark.
The question about ethnicity has been dropped. You can see the form here
(This is an example of the problem with the No 10 petitions service, as it encourages people to attribute regional/local decisions to the Prime Minister personally even when the object of their protest has nothing to do with central Government)